Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

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Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture


The European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development. A number of European cities have used the City of Culture year to transform their cultural base and, in doing so, the way in which they are viewed internationally.

The European Capital of Culture program was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived in 1983 by Melina Mercouri, then serving as Greek Minister of Culture. Mercouri believed that at the time, culture was not given the same attention as politics and economics and a project for promoting European cultures within the member states should be pursued.

The European City of Culture program was launched in the summer of 1985 with Athens being the first title-holder. During the German Presidency of 1999, the European City of Culture program was renamed the European Capital of Culture. 

Following the EU Resolution in 1999 enlarging the ECOC Project as to include non-member countries, a group of civil society volunteers in Turkey arranged a meeting on 7 July 2000 in order to establish an “Enterprise Group” that would take the required steps for Istanbul to be a candidate for European Capital of Culture. 

After long processes and endeavors of many civil society members, Istanbul was found ready on 11 April 2006 for being the European Capital of Culture 2010 along with Peç (Hungary) and Essen (Germany).

Conceding the view of European Parliament and approval by the Council of Cultural Ministers of the European Union on 13 November 2006 Istanbul was finally announced to be the European Capital of Culture for 2010. 


Why Istanbul? 
Istanbul maintains a distinguished position among the metropolis of the world with its unique geographical location and a cultural heritage of thousands of years. As one of the most energetic cities in the world Istanbul continually gets to be an attraction center. 

As Istanbul being the European Capital of Culture in 2010, Europe will re-discover the roots of its own culture and will take a giant step for understanding each other. Success of Istanbul’s being the European Capital of Culture will depend on Istanbul residents’ embracing and supporting of this Project by extensive participation. 

 

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